A LOCAL policeman has been awarded a medal after saving the life of a tourist on a busy Nerja street.

The quick-thinking of Bernardo Cortes Garrido led to the successful resuscitation of the 64-year-old Swedish woman who had suffered a heart attack.

Cortes quickly removed the woman, Birgit Claesson, from her car, where she had collapsed, and performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Within a few minutes an ambulance had arrived at the scene to rush her to hospital.

Claesson is now out of danger at Axarquia County Hospital, while Cortes was honoured for his “rapid and correct action.”

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